Spring Musical 2017
Bye Bye Birdie
Exciting news: we are pleased to announce that there will be two additional performances this year!
The curtain rises at:
Thursday, March 23 @ 7:30
Friday, March 24 @ 7:30
Saturday, March 25, matinee performance at 1:00
Saturday, March 25, final performance at 7:30
Tickets will $ 11 and go on sale February 15th. The box office will be open or tickets may be purchased on line at www.mchsmusical.com
High School News & Notes 1/17/17
Donation to the Animal Shelter
Roxanne Howard’s class spent the month of December making quilts to donate to the Massena Animal Shelter. They also place boxes around the school to collect pet supplies to include in the donation. Representatives were on hand to accept the donation from the students.
Chris Lincoln’s Mixed Choir treated students and staff to Christmas music just before dismissal on December 22. The picture to the right includes alumni Joey Pease and Jarrett Harvey who come back each year to participate.
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates technical skill, personal voice or vision, and originality. This is the first time in 10 years that a gold key has been given to a Massena Central student. This is a significant honor. Congratulations to Makayla Szarka for her gold key and to all the other recipients. Thanks to Chad Simpson and Trish Murphy for their dedication to the Arts.
Of the 18 students performing in the Sr. High Jazz Band, 10 students were selected from Massena high School. Students are: Olivia Todd, Aidan O’Neill,Kolby Judware, Eleanor Burns, Jack Witkop, and Camryn Peets. Students performing solos are: Kelly Southwick, Simon LaGarry, Nathaniel Alderson and Joey Marcello.
Thanks to Jon Hunkins and Chris Lincoln for their dedication to our music students and the Arts.
Eighteen students from Massena High School performed in the Sr, High Chorus. Emily Allen performed a solo in “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.
Native American Day
This year Native American Day at the high school looked a little different. Members of the Mohawk Tribe were here to present on Rites of passage and the Native American Culture. Kit Thomas, Niio Perkins and Carrie hill brought a display of their art work, talked to students and staff about Native American Art and held a Q&A. Carrie Hill provided a demonstration of how to make sweetgrass bookmarks and had supplies on hand for each student to make one. The Traveling College Singers led the Social Dance and Dance Presentations as seen below.
The high school teachers participated in Instructional Rounds on January 12. Over the past year, through faculty meetings, they have been introduced to Instructional Rounds. Teachers have also attended workshops given by BOCES and travelled to other districts to be a part of their rounds. From what they learned about Instructional Rounds and regent’s data, the high school teachers decided that the most important issue we needed to work on is Academic Vocabulary. What we could see from our regent’s data is students “leaving points on the table” not because they didn’t know the content, but because they didn’t know what the question was asking. Work on Academic Vocabulary began in December. Teachers and administrators from Norwood-Norfolk, Gouverneur, St, Lawrence Central, Hammond and OFA came to Massena to participate in our rounds, as well as two professors from SUNY Potsdam. The information that was gathered from the rounds is invaluable and will help us to move to the next level of this initiative. A total of 20 classrooms were visited and those teachers were very gracious about having visitors in their room. We are very appreciative of their acceptance of this initiative. It will be presented briefly to staff at the January 20th faculty meeting and will be the foundation for continued collaboration on academic improvement.
1/16—Martin Luther King Day—No School
1/17—MCSEA Negotiations Team Meeting—6:00 pm--CAB
1/19—Finance Committee Meeting—5:30 pm—HS Student Affairs; BOE Meeting—6:30 pm—HS Room 316
1/25—Wellness Committee Meeting—4:00 pm—HS Room 314
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES will offer a SAT/ACT Workshop to high-school juniors who plan to take the SAT and/or ACT this spring. Classes will be held at the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Educational Services Center, 40 West Main St., Canton, on seven Sundays starting March 5th. Workshop classes are 2.5 hours long and are offered on Sundays so students will have fewer conflicts with extra-curricular activities. This course includes practice for the new SAT as well as practice for the ACT. In addition, students may choose to participate in an optional class to prepare for the essay.
Registration materials for the SAT/ACT Workshop are available at your school’s guidance office and online at http://satactworkshop.weebly.com/ . Massena students should mail the registration form and fee directly to Meg Clemens before February 10th.
January 16 - No school - Martin Luther King Day
January 27 - End 20 week marking period
February 20 - 24, 2017 - Mid Winter Break
March 3 - End 25 week marking period
March 24-25 - High School Musical- Bye Bye Birdie
April 4 - Blood Drive
April 7 - End 30 week marking period
April 14 - 23, 2017- Spanish Club Trip to PeruApril 27 - Parent Teacher Conferences
May 11 - Academic Banquet
May 13 - Prom
May 19 - End 35 week marking period
June 5 - June Rocks
June 6 - Awards Night
June 24 - Graduation
Former Massena High School students requesting a copy of their transcript or if you are in need of an official transcript be sent to a college please complete the Transcript Request form available on the High School Guidance page. This request should be sent to email@example.com. Please allow 2-3 days for processing your request.
International Student Exchange
International Student Exchange
Are you interested in teaching your children about other cultures? If so, your family might be the perfect fit fot he Secondary School Exchange Visitor Program.
International Student Exchange (ISE), a globally recognized not-for-profit organization, is looking for volunteer families interested in hosting an exchange student in the upcoming school year. Hosting opportunities are available for five, ten and twelve month terms, and families may choose the student they wish to host.
ISE students are fully insured, have their own spending money, and are eager to learn about U.S. culture and eduction. Students come to the U.S. to study, expand their global understanding, and represent their home country as diplomats. All we ask of our host families is they offer our students a safe and comfortable place to live and treat them like part of the family.
If you are interested in offering a student the chance to be a part of your family, please do not hesitate to contact our local Regional Manager, Lisa Denison at 1-800-573-8514, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.evergreen.iseusa.org to apply or get more information.